Gill, Shami, Mohit dominate as Gujarat Titans enter playoffs, Sunrisers knocked out
Gujarat Titans defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs in Match 62 of IPL 2023, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday. The win helped GT become the first team to qualify for playoffs, knocking out SRH. Chasing a target of 189 runs, SRH were restricted to 154/9 in 20 overs, despite a knock of 64 runs off 44 balls by Heinrich Klaasen. Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma were in fiery form for GT and scalped four wickets each respectively. Initially, GT reached 188/9 in 20 overs, courtesy of a century by Shubman Gill. The GT opener smacked 101 runs off 58 balls, packed with 13 fours and one six. Meanwhile, Sai Sudharsan also played a key knock of 47 runs off 36 balls. including six fours and a six. For SRH’s bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took five wickets.
he SRH rocket never took off this season. Plenty of promise, but lacked punch during crunch moments of the tournament and therefore stand eliminated from IPL 2023. Chopping and changing, Indian talents misfiring and lacking game awareness while chasing cost them quite a few games. As for the Titans, they are flying high and fittingly seal the top spot for now. Only Mumbai Indians have a chance of displacing them at the top. But for that, they will have to win against Lucknow Super Giants tomorrow and hope for some of the results to go their way. Cracker of a contest that. We can’t wait to bring you all the action from Lucknow
Shubman Gill | I made my IPL debut against SRH and got my first hundred against them, so life has come a full circle. Hopefully many more to come. It’s all about the bowlers and situation and I don’t dwell much on my last innings. It is important to focus on the situation in front. The six off Abhishek Sharma was the most pleasing thing for me. I told him that if you bowl to me I’m gonna hit you for a six. (ICYMI: Gill and Abhishek Sharma open for Punjab in domestic T20 cricket). Gujarat Titans are through to the playoffs and are assured a top-two finish as well: A scintillating hundred. A fifer. Two pacers from the same team claiming a four-fer each. A fighting fifty. We have seen it all tonight. And when you lose 6 wickets inside 7 overs chasing 188, the game is pretty much done and dusted. Though Klaasen and Bhuvi stitched a 68-run stand for the 8th wicket, it was just a little piece of consolation in an otherwise sorry batting card from the visitors. First up, Shami broke the back of the chase by removing three of SRH’s top four in the powerplay and Mohit Sharma got rid of the big hitters in the 7th over. There wasn’t much on offer for the spinners tonight, but the dimensions did play a part as both teams struggled to hit sixes and ended up offering a lot of catches to the fielders in the deep. Post-match reactions coming right up, stick around…
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